Wa Di Yé
1992: Philips/Phonogram 512 697-2
From its Jean-Baptiste Mondino cover photo to its sporadic French/English lyrics, this album really gives a feeling of Mahgreb Paris to menot raw Mahgreb material, but some of its voices expressed in polished form. Theres a lot of beautiful stuff here, and although Annabis voice sometimes slides onto notes that my Western ear isnt accustomed to hearing (such nuances do exist in Arabic-world music) I do find it to be a delicious brush painting unexpected and lovely vignettessometimes almost landscapes. Favorite tracks: I Guluness, Mammou Ayni, Yanari.
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